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NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Honeydew – Chapter 15 – The School Boy (Poem)


Working with the poem : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 85


Q1 : Find three or four words/phrases in stanza 1 that reflect the child’s happiness and joy.

Answer :
The phrases that reflect the child’s joy and happiness are ‘love to rise in a summer morn’, ‘birds sing on every tree’, ‘the skylark sings with me’, and ‘sweet company’.


Q2 : In stanza 2, the mood changes. Which words/phrases reflect the changed mood?

Answer :
The phrases that reflect the changed mood are ‘it drives all joy away’ and ‘spend the day in sighing and dismay’.


Q3 : ‘A cruel eye outworn’ (stanza 2) refers to
(i) the classroom which is shabby/noisy.
(ii) the lessons which are difficult/uninteresting.
(iii) the dull/uninspiring life at school with lots of work and no play.
Mark the answer that you consider right.

Answer :
‘A cruel eye outworn’ refers to the dull/uninspiring life at school with lots of work and no play.


Q4 : ‘Nor sit in learning’s bower
Worn thro’ with the dreary shower’
Which of the following is a close paraphrase of the lines above?
(i) Nor can I sit in a roofless classroom when it is raining.
(ii) Nor can I learn anything at school though teachers go on lecturing and explaining.
(iii) Nor can I sit in the school garden for fear of getting wet in the rain.

Answer :
Statement (ii) is a close paraphrase of the given lines.